DENVER (CBS4) – There are currently 504 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Colorado, and Governor Jared Polis on Thursday renewed his plea for more residents to get a full coronavirus vaccination to help slow the spread. At a dramatic moment during a morning press conference, he quoted a verse from the Bible.
He used a familiar language from the Gospel of Matthew to emphasize that vaccination is not just about personal protection.
“It’s also about more than the individual choice. It’s about our responsibility to one another. Because if you haven’t been vaccinated, you might think you’re getting mild symptoms … but it’s also about those who could potentially infect you – your aunts, your uncles, your older neighbors.
“The Gospel of Matthew says: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ And getting vaccinated to protect yourself protects you first and foremost, but it is also an act of love to protect your loved ones and those around you by reducing their risk, ”he said.
Colorado currently has a rate of 73.14% of its residents who are vaccinated with at least one dose of the vaccine. 65.4% of all eligible Coloradans are fully vaccinated. Polis said these numbers are better than many other states, but still not enough to achieve herd immunity to COVID.
For those Coloradans who are still waiting to get vaccinations and those who haven’t gotten around to it and may “need an extra boost,” says Polis, he hopes these people will use the state for the chance to make some money Cash for the vaccination.
Eligible Coloradans who receive a first or second dose at a participating state-run vaccine clinic will receive a $ 100 Walmart Gift Card. The gift vouchers are available from 12 years of age. For more information, visit covid19.colorado.gov/coloradocomebackcash.
It is not the first time Polis, who is Jewish, mentions Bible verses since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. He quoted from Ecclesiastes, the third chapter of the Bible, in March 2020 when he issued a nationwide stay at home order. The order expired about a month later.